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My approach to sleep problems is designed for those parents who want their babies and children to sleep well but do not want them to be distressed by the process. Some sleep training methods can be very harsh, often involving leaving them to cry alone for long periods of time. This goes against the very nature of our instinct to love, cherish and nurture our children.

I believe that sleep training doesn't have to be traumatic and that babies and children need to feel secure, safe and happy in order to sleep well.

I offer personal and tailor made approaches, which address the specific reasons for each child�s sleeplessness. Although the solutions are gentle, they are highly effective and safe even for those who have health problems or learning differences. My methods are endorsed by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID)

As a trained health visitor, I am able to take a broad view of your baby�s sleep needs, looking at their development, feeding, health and temperament. The way in which I work draws on my many years of professional experience, the latest research and perhaps most important of all, a mother of four children.

Andrea's Latest Article - Fireworks and Babies Sleep

Now that we're in November, we can look forward to the firework season. Coping with the bangs and vibrations of fireworks can be very difficult for some babies and young children and some of them will suffer sleep problems as a result. Sometimes the experience of being frightened by fireworks can lead to longer term sleep problems and not just disturbance on the noisy nights.

The best way to help a baby of six months and over to cope with fireworks is to let them watch a display from the safety of your car. Let your child have a late nap and then drive to a safe vantage point where you can see fireworks. When you’re parked up, sit your baby on your knee and both of you “oooh and aaah” at the display and clap and cheer at the bangs. If your child will allow it, put earmuffs or a bonnet on them to muffle the sounds.

A younger baby is less likely to be distressed by the bangs and claps, but if they are; you should hold them safely in your arms until the noise is over, with one ear pressed against your body, and your hand covering the other one.

If you decide to go to an outdoor display with your older baby or toddler, you should always go to a professional, organised display. A casual affair in someone's back garden is simply too dangerous. Make sure that your child can actually see the fireworks, by placing them in a back pack type carrier. Once again, try to ensure that your child's ears are covered. You will also need to check that there is some inside space for you to go to if your child doesn’t like the noise. Be prepared to take them home if they are distressed to any degree.

The most important thing is your attitude to the fireworks. If you can be calm, cheerful and reassuring, then your child is more likely to feel secure about them. If they really can’t cope, however, you should take them away and hold them in your arms, speaking softly and calmly to them until the noises stop.

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